Duties include General husbandry for nearly 300 New World monkeys:
• Clean, repair and landscape outdoor habitats
• Clean, repair and decorate indoor enclosures.
• Prepare and serve diets.
• Monitor the monkeys' physical and emotional well-being.
• Participate in medical procedures and restraint and capture, when necessary.
• Construct and furnish new habitats.
• Plan and monitor socializations.
• General grounds keeping and maintenance.
• Clean and repair sanctuary buildings.
• Direct and oversee interns, volunteers and groups.
• Recordkeeping and scheduling.
• Learn and communicate to visitors the monkey's species, back stories and natural origin.
• Participate in fundraising campaigns, outreach and advocacy for captive primates.
The work is labor intensive and the Florida climate is very hot and humid in the summer. In the winter, temperatures can drop to the 20s, and duties include heater checks throughout the night during freezing temperatures. The work is difficult and can be stressful, but the rewards are great!
For the safety of the monkeys and co-workers, we do not accept applicants who smoke. Communal meals are vegan. You cannot store, cook or consume animals at Jungle Friends. We promote veganism.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides permanent high-quality sanctuary care for New World monkeys being retired from laboratory research, ex-pets, or monkeys who have been confiscated by the authorities.
Jungle Friends is also committed to advocacy and education on behalf of all captive non-human primates, and to provide assistance to improve the circumstances of captive primates wherever possible.
We work cooperatively with a national network of other credible animal sanctuaries, government agencies, other primate and animal protection organizations, and qualified individuals to find placement for unwanted monkeys and to combat the exploitation and mistreatment of captive primates.
While our immediate and urgent responsibility is to provide the best possible life for the monkeys we are able to house at our sanctuary, our mission is not only to assist these individual primates, but to also engage the interest and support of our national (and international) community in doing so. Every monkey successfully released from laboratory research, or rescued from a life of abuse or neglect as a "pet", an "entertainer" or a "breeder", becomes a part of our message that these beings are worthy of our efforts and must be included in our moral universe.
By taking action to assist individual non-human primates in need, and by reaching out to other human primates through our communications, presentations and the Internet, we attempt to encourage, inspire and, wherever possible, assist others in taking specific actions for the good of their fellow primates and for a more compassionate world.